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    Posted: 23†January†2019 at 9:23am
You may be interested to know that one of my inshore commercial friends caught what has now been identified by Cefas as a young Atlantic Bonito.
Using contacts I agreed to get it formally identified by Cefas.
It was in a net off Bracklesham to North of the Medmery. One was caught by a charter boat off Rye in October 2018 with mackerel.
Here is the e mail from Cefas. Adults grow to 6kg - are the big ones about & it is only time for someone to get one on rod & line in the Solent area?

"Thanks for your email. The fish you caught is a young Atlantic Bonito (Sarda sarda), which, like, albacore is a mackerel-like fish although they are two different species (albacore, Thunnus alalonga). According to the literature, the bonito is known to visit the UK south coast and the North Sea during the summer.
However, anecdotal information suggests the numbers along the English South coast have increased in recent years. This is confirmed by our own scientific findings when, last October (2018), during our ecosystem survey around Cornwall, for the first time since we started the survey seven years ago, we caught quite a few bonitos.
While they are usually summer visitors, it appears they are now staying in the area for longer, possibly to overwinter, where they would have usually made their way back south (Mediterranean and west Africa).
Iím speculating here because this is a new observation but your findings seem to confirm this.
By the way, judging by the size (and the vertical stripes) you caught a fish that was born last year (still less than a year old). "


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perhaps were gonna be swapping cod for bonito in our waters   I do hope im around to see that good info thanks
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Thats very interesting, we have had sun fish tuna and now bonito. Going out this Friday in big tides so expecting dog fish again and maybe the odd sword fish LOL will let you know!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Whitewash Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23†January†2019 at 7:15pm
You never know - not sure whether that fish I lost in early September that shot off like a rocket at the Outsetter was a Tope, Tuna or a Bonito.

I will settle for swordfish
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Clap what bait would you use for sword fish I was thinking dog fish as there's plenty of it about. Could be the answer to all our problems
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Went out yesterday and fished the west end of brambles. Usual doggies, pout and loads of small bass. Caught one decent bass on pout (returned). The bass conservation must be working!
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Bloody. Hell you. Done. Well getting. Out. The. Langstone. End. Of. The. Solent. Was. Blowing. A hooley
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It was quiet flat no white horses until the ebb wind over tide so gave up at 1500. Roll on spring.
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